FLUSHING, NY—The New York Mets have signed outfielder Willie Harris to a minor league contract. Harris hit 30 home runs over the last three seasons and has been invited to major league Spring Training.
The 32-year old hit 10 home runs, six doubles, two triples, with 32 RBI while batting in 132 games for the Washington Nationals in 2010. He played all three outfield positions as well as third base last season. He has a career .239 batting average with 85 doubles, 24 triples, 37 home runs, 101 stolen bases and 187 RBI in 895 games with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Nationals.
It's not a guaranteed deal but reports say the veteran outfielder should make the major league team and help give starters Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay and Angel Pagan rest. Harris has great defensive numbers and Mets' fans may remember him for a couple of takeaway plays the last couple of years.
According to the Associated Press, Harris stole a bases loaded game-ending hit from Rod Barajas giving the Nationals a 4-3 win. He took away an extra bases hit from then-Met Ryan Church in the ninth inning of a 1-0 Nationals victory. The Mets first full team workout is February 21.